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  1. Tony Rose
    Tony Rose February 19, 2010 at 6:55 am | | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more on the 160 pre running. If I’m lower than that it’s almost guaranteed that I will crash.

    One more tip that I would add is to make sure your body is hydrated. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day for a week before starting to run. When I first started I would get nasty shin splints and come to find out it was due to dehydration.

    Exercising is one of the best things someone with diabetes can do. I find it helps regulate my blood sugars so much from doing some cardio.

  2. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay February 19, 2010 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    Another couple tips…
    If you exercise very consistently you may notice that you will need to reduce your basals or long acting insulin. At some point your basals/long-acting ins may be adjusted to levels that take into account your exercise. I rarely have to change my basal rates anymore because exercise is part of my routine. It seems if I increase the amount/intensity of my exercise, I will have more lows but those eventually subside somewhat. (I will probably still have to adjust basals.)

    And another tip is to set goals you know you can make and then gradually increase. Does 15 minutes sound like too much? Then reduce it. Go out for 5! You need to establish the habit first and then can worry about increasing duration. But usually the hardest part is just getting started, I have found.

    Sometimes exercise is really enjoyable and other times not. But do it anyway!


  3. Susan
    Susan February 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm | | Reply

    I never thought I’d be a jogger either. I decided I wanted to get fit, and I didn’t want to go to a gym. You’re right, jogging is free! (But it’s good to have decent shoes.) You can do it pretty much any time, if you do it near where you live you don’t have to drive anywhere, and it gets you OUTSIDE– a good thing. I did have resistance, and sometimes still do– don’t always WANT to go out, but I do it ANYWAY.
    I started like the jogging article you point to– with walking. I walked and after a while I thought “Well, this isn’t very aerobic!” So I started to run for a minute or so and walk for two. Gradually I increased the amount of running and decreased the walking, and eventually just ran. I only do this 20-25 minutes 5-7 days a week, and I’ve never been fitter in my whole life. It’s worth the effort. Thanks.

  4. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson March 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm | | Reply

    I have been in such an exercise funk lately. I’ll blame part of it on the Minnesota Winters here, where it is a bit harder to exercise outside, but I have also just been way too busy.

    But you know what? Without the exercise, I feel like crap. My body hurts, by BG’s are crappy, my emotional state is dark. I need to get back on the horse.

    This post is another reminder of just how easy it can be to get started.

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